14/10/2017: Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey, start time 13.00
Weather conditions: sea state 2-4, visibility >10, light swell
3 Atlantic grey seals

The Anna Lloyd boat took its passengers up to Cymtydu beach yesterday, where two Atlantic grey seals were spotted swimming in the water in front of the beach, but no sightings of pups on the beach. On the journey back from Cymtydu another female Atlantic grey seal was seen floating horizontally on the surface of the water, making it able to identify the sex of the individual.

2hr survey, start time 15.00
Weather conditions: sea state 2-3, visibility >10, light/medium swell
15 Bottlenose dolphins

The Anna Lloyd started its course to the east of the harbour wall, travelling round the cardinal buoy before heading west towards the boats standard course. A group of six dolphins were seen entering the bay, surrounding the boat from all angles while travelling towards the favourite feeding area by the cardinal buoy, allowing for a pleasurable view of leaping dolphins. The boat then travelled west after watching these animals, towards Cymtydu seal pupping beach, however no seals were spotted on this survey, but viewers were able to see Birds rock, a resting point for many sea birds. As well as the ancient hill fort Castell Bach. When returning to New Quay bay, in the final half an hour of the boat survey another group of nine dolphins were spotted, with a number of associating gannets diving into the waters to forage around the herded fish brought in from the dolphins.